Master of Horror John Carpenter is back. Having taken an extended break after 2001's Ghosts of Mars because he felt "fed up with the movie business," the director or horror classics like 1978's Halloween and 1980's The Fog has returned with The Ward, a low-budget ghost movie that stars Amber Heard (Drive Angry) as a psychiatric patient locked in a mental institution who discovers something is stalking the halls and taking out the other patients.
Carpenter is no stranger to small budgets, and working on The Ward and its $10 million budget has seemed to re-energized Carpenter, with the director linked to several upcoming projects, such as an adaptation of the comic book Darkchylde and an adaptation of the novel Fangland.
In a conversation with MSN, Carpenter revealed making movies is the same no matter what budget you are able to get. carpenter talks remakes >> Posted 06.13.11 by Ryan
John Carpenter's latest horror movie, The Ward, has taken a long time to reach theaters. Carpenter's last move was 2001's Ghosts of Mars, a box office disappointment that left Carpenter admittedly feeling "fed up with the movie business".
The Ward returns Carpenter to the kind of horror movies that helped launch his career with 1978's Halloween and 1980's The Fog, and follows Amber Heard (Drive Angry) as a woman in a psychiatric hospital that finds herself and her fellow patients — Danielle Panabaker (The Crazies), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), and Mamie Gummer (Stop Loss) — haunted by a ghost.
The Ward opened in Britain in January, and last month found distribution in the U.S. Two new preview clips have been released to promote the movie, which follows Heard as she investigates the spirit that is haunting the hospital. watch the clips >> Posted 03.13.11 by Ryan
John Carpenter's last feature-length directorial effort was 2001's Ghosts of Mars, which wasn't exactly warmly received. After that, Carpenter admitted to feeling "burn out" and, outside of a pair of episodes of Showtime's Masters of Horror series, took a break from directing until his latest, the psychological horror movie The Ward.
A synopsis and partial trailer debuted earlier this week, but now the full trailer and poster have been released for The Ward, which stars Amber Heard as a haunted patient of a mental institution and is filled with the kind of scares and creepy tone that were the hallmarks of earlier Carpenter movies like 1978's Halloween and 1980's The Fog. watch the trailer >> Posted 01.06.11 by Ryan
Moviegoers will have the opportunity to watch two very different movies about attractive young women imprisoned against their will in psychiatric facilities in 2011. We've already seen and heard a great deal about writer-director Zack Snyder's (Watchmen) visually arresting genre movie mash-up, Sucker Punch, about a group of female patients led by Emily Browning who venture into a fantasy world of their own creation in the hopes of finding the key to their salvation, but we've heard almost nothing about acclaimed director John Carpenter's (Halloween) new psychological horror thriller, The Ward, which stars Amber Heard as a troubled young woman who is admitted to a psychiatric facility against her will after she burns down an old farmhouse. Recently, a detailed synopsis of the movie appeared online and now the first, albeit only partial, trailer for The Ward has been leaked online, offering a look at Carpenter's first directorial effort since 2001's Ghosts of Mars. read the synopsis of The Ward and watch the first (half) trailer >> Posted 01.03.11 by BrentJS
Director John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) took a long hiatus since 2001's Ghosts of Mars. Carpenter previously explained that he took a break after experiencing "burn out," but now the director is back with The Ward, a ghost story and horror movie that sees Amber Heard slowly realize that she, and the other patients in a psychiatric hospital's isolation ward, are not alone. Carpenter told Collider how The Ward, which screened at the Toronto Film Festival, lured him back to making movies. From Burned out to new life Carpenter's happy with the ward >> Posted 09.14.10 by Ryan